BAUMANIERE is the legend of the Alpilles outstandingly located down of le Val d'Enfer and the medieval village of Les Baux. It's hard to imagine a better location to feel the heartbeats of Provence. Many celebrities and royalties have picked this ultra exclusive address for a relaxing escape and lastly the former US president Obama and his family. It's not very surprising considering how charming is this hotel divided in five beautiful houses (Carita and Flora which are two lovely Provence style mas; le Manoir and l'Oustau, two fantastic manors from the XVIII century and an other mas from the XVII century, Le Guigou you can fully privatize. All spreaded in huge gardens of 20ha). So, the choice will be not easy between these five living spaces housing a wonderful selection of rooms and suites, all divinely comfortable and perfectly designed by the wife of the owner, Mrs Genevieve Charial. If you prefer the contemporary touch, choose one of the accomodations at Mas Carita. We had a fabulous suite during our stay and we immediately feel like at home. Plenty of sofas where to lay down, a "hard to leave" bed, two magnificent bathrooms with an attached dressing room and a charming private terrace... cannot expect a better accommodation and more especially considering how beautifully decorated this suite is. It's warm and bright with a perfect colors scheme, with modern Provence style touches and the real goal of the designer to make it as cozy and homely as possible. We truly enjoyed every minute spent in this suite and it was so calm we slept so well and deep. Simply stunning. For those who prefer a more authentic option, choose a room at Le Manoir or l'Oustau but I hardly recommend these rooms and suites at Mas Carita which are impeccable or splash yourself in the Prestige Suite at Le Manoir which is so gorgeous and the ultimate reference in term of design and the latest essence of Baumaniere. We're planning to choose this one next time because Le Manoir is just an irresistible house and we want to experience the best of this hotel. In the bathrooms, there is a soap made with olive oil and fig which smells so great... too bad this is not the same smell for the whole selection of bath amenities in little plastic bottles which are not special enough. Same issue for teas and coffees... Mariage Freres would be better (and easy because for breakfast teas are from this brand...) and Nespresso or Illy far more exclusive than this unknown and not really nice boncafe brand... Talking about breakfast, it could be a little better, especially buffet breakfast at La Cabro d'Or. During this covid situation, it's more complicated to make everything as beautiful as usual but we felt a bit like in a gourmet cantine than in a 5 stars Relais&Châteaux with a 3 stars Michelin chef. Breakfast was classic with standard products and fruit salad wasn't nice. This is something with room to improve because this is very important and the best meal of the day for many. We were expecting a more innovative breakfast with better local products and a memorable bakery basket with delicacies to remember but we remained a little disappointed about it. The other thing to make it better is the pools (there are 3 in the property) areas with better loungers and a service... this is Provence and probably plenty of guests expect to enjoy a nice moment by the pool but it's hard without any pool attendant and when it doesn't look impeccable around. Moreover heated pool would be a plus because it took me a good 30min to get into water... That said, the property has pleased us so much and we enjoyed walking in the gardens, playing with baby goats and looking at this incredible scenic all around with a good book on hands and a glass of crispy white wine from Provence. This is a very special hotel and Mr Charial I've talked with about the few issues has been so responsive and immediately took action and impressive apologies. This is a true taking care and an absolute way to please guests. We can't wait to return to Baumaniere and to have again an other dreamy culinary experience at the 3 stars restaurant headed by the artist Glenn View (separate feedback for this fabulous restaurant).…
This place needs a reset. Very nice location but just to many aspects fall short of what is expected today of a five star hotel: - hard to find exact entrance - address on web site is the village rather than a precise “pin” - reception hard to find - poor signage - receptionist very friendly but uninterested in our suggestions re signage - car was parked under fig trees and we left with a very sticky car - room was nice and clean but with no daylight - a bit of a dungeon. - service at pool very limited All this is easy to fix. I hope you will, and we will come back to this beautiful area.
When I arrived, I wasn’t over impressed by the receptionist but I was also tired so tried not to let that spoil our holiday. We had arrived for 4 nights and it was pure bliss - from the room, pool and restaurants (loved them both). The staff in the restaurants were 200% professional, especially during these times - everything was as it should be and more - loved our stay and was sad to leave.
This summer's reviews are of hotels in the era of Covid. Two stand out as having been able to manage the challenge of luxury in a period of uncertainty where having staff and guests roam around you may cause unease; Baumaniere is one of them. With the beautiful rooms and suites in the old Cabro d'Or part of the hotel, and a wonderful dinner at the Cabro, all handled with discrete distancing so that one did not feel one was in a public area. Altogether wonderful and elegant; attentive but not in your face service. Much to be recommended is also the lunch basked at the pool restaurant. Last, this is a great stop on the road between many places and the hotel is wonderful if you are traveling with pets.
a haven of peace, the luxury of a private pool spouting refreshing and clear water among the sunny rocks and scented herbs of Provence, the taste of ripe fruits just picked from their plants, and a glass of chilled rose' in the hand to celebrate our wedding anniversary